Texas Health Action advances sexual wellness by providing healthcare in a safe and supportive environment.
Sexual wellness and health for all!
Accountability for self and others
Cultivate Trust in all our relationships
Christopher Hamilton was named CEO of the Texas Health Action in March 2018. Over the course of his 18-year career...
,Hamilton has always leaned into his passion for improving healthcare access and initiatives for the betterment of Central Texas residents.This journey has led Hamilton to serve in leadership roles where he has had the opportunity to create and launch successful healthcare, education and advocacy programs for a number of organizations.
Prior to Texas Health Action, Hamilton held numerous leadership positions over nine years within the Seton Healthcare Family system. Most recently, he served as the director of Oncology Service Line where he spearheaded the development of an oncology service line in partnership with the newly established LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Among his many roles at Seton, he was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many leading doctors to develop life-changing, innovative and comprehensive programs for pediatric, adolescent and young adult survivors, and adult cancer survivors.
His strategic guidance has helped improve operational efficiencies and processes across the Seton Healthcare Family system in areas such as patient navigation, clinical trial accrual, and analytic capabilities. In his previous role as a health planner, he oversaw HIV services for 43 counties in Central Texas. Outside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Hamilton has given his time and counsel to several boards including the City of Austin Boards and Commissions HIV Planning Council, and the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Hamilton’s passion for improving access to quality health care in not-for-profit, mission-driven organizations ignited during his time at Texas A&M University. Upon graduation from Texas A&M University, Hamilton held operations and communications representative roles with the College of Medicine, which enabled him to better understand the challenges facing the health sector and how to focus on advancements.
Enjoying all that Austin has to offer, Hamilton and his partner Casey have two Italian greyhound dogs and can often be found around the city listening to live music and enjoying new restaurants.
Megan Brunson was named Chief Operating Officer of Texas Health Action in February 2019.
Megan’s career in healthcare leadership spans over 14 years, in which she has focused on clinical operations and risk reduction programs across hospital, outpatient clinic, and the home health sectors.
Prior to Texas Health Action, Megan served as the National Director of Operations for Amputation Prevention Centers of America beginning in 2015, where she focused on developing national educational programs and opening outpatient clinics across the country dedicated to reducing amputation rates in patients with chronic diseases like diabetes.
Before relocating to Austin in 2015, Megan worked with Paradigm Medical Management in San Francisco, CA, where she oversaw specialty surgical programs across multiple hospital campuses affiliated with University of California San Francisco and Dignity Health, focusing on plastic, reconstructive, orthopedic, and vascular surgery. The first Amputation Prevention Center grew out of a combination of these programs, and propelled Megan into her next role.
Megan’s life, education, and career have taken her on what she calls a “warmer weather migration,” starting where she grew up, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to the Seattle area where she graduated with her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound. She completed her master’s degree in Business Administration and Management at Colorado State University, spent 5 years in San Francisco, and finally, (and, she notes, permanently) found Austin.
Megan shares THA’s passion for advancing sexual wellness and education in a safe and sex-positive environment and is passionate about making healthcare available and accessible to everyone. When Megan isn’t hard at work with the other members of the THA team, she loves to cook, binge on podcasts, and spend time in the sun by the pool with her husband, Kelly. They live in downtown Austin with their two cats, Jack and Jules.
A native of Houston, Christopher Adams moved to Austin in 1998 to attend the University of Texas at Austin and simply never left...
Like many Austinites, Chris loves eating tacos, relaxing at Barton Springs, riding his bike, complaining about the traffic, and bemoaning the gentrification of the east side. Chris grew up in a community with a tireless devotion to volunteerism and he does his best to continue to embody that spirit as an adult. He has invested time volunteering and serving in leadership roles with various human services and recreational sports organizations and has loved every second of it.
Chris currently serves as the CFO/CIO of Any Baby Can Child and Family Resource Center and never passes up an opportunity to explain to a reluctant student (of any age) why math is important. Prior to Any Baby Can, Chris spent 14 years working (and bleeding burnt orange) at the big university downtown overseeing financial affairs, grant administration, business operations, and information technology for various world-class, academic departments.
Melanie has been in Austin since 1987. Along with spending her time on Texas Health Action and its growth, she owns Moonlit Properties, where she seeks to protect Austin’s neighborhoods by rehabilitating homes in a sustainable way.
Her previous professional career was as co-founder of Taurus Academy, where she trained and cared for thousands of dogs and their owners, as well as her amazing team, for 24 years.
She has a B.A. in History from UT, a Masters in Environmental Ethics and Philosophy from UNT, and attended UT Law School. Melanie has contributed to the Austin community by serving on several city advisory boards, and by serving on the boards of Emancipet and THA/The KIND Clinic. She has also volunteered as a Master Gardener and drove for Meals on Wheels for over 20 years.
Melanie loves fitness, climbing, reading, friends, travel, diving, the outdoors, and music.
Rick Cofer is an Austin criminal defense attorney with extensive legal, political, and non-profit experience. He previously served as a Travis County Assistant District Attorney and Assistant County Attorney — prosecuting crimes ranging from DWI, assault, drugs, robbery, sexual assault and murder.
Outside of his legal work, Rick has been deeply involved in the Austin community in several capacities. He is a current Board Member and immediate past Board Chair of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO). He has previously served as Vice Chair of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board, Board Chair of the Pease Park Conservancy, and as a longtime Commissioner and Chair of the City of Austin Zero Waste Commission.
As a Commissioner, Rick led the effort to ban plastic bags in Austin and develop the Austin Universal Recycling Ordinance.
Rick also has extensive political experience, having managed and consulted for numerous political campaigns. He has been Parliamentarian of the Texas Democratic Party since 2012, previously served on the Democratic National Committee and worked for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Michelle Auwae-Lapilio's dynamic 18-year public service record is balanced by her military and civil service, and her longtime devotion to community service.
An Air Force Veteran with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Michelle serves as the Travis County Probate Court Business Analyst. Michelle has spent her tenure with Travis County working to modernize and improve systems and processes by way of analyzing and understanding nature, culture and behavior.
Michelle seeks out spaces where she can balance her professional skills with her passion for community in a meaningful and impactful way. A faithful advocate of social equality and justice, she works to bring focus and change to structural inequalities. Michelle proudly serves as the Director of Outreach for the non-profit organization Austin Pride, and as a queer African American, she strives to aid the diverse and flourishing LGBTQIA+ community through greater visibility and access.
Having worked with the Texas Health Action organization since the fall of 2017, and serving as a Board Director since November of 2018, Michelle is honored to be a part of the mission of the impressive, fast-moving train that is the Texas Health Action. As the Board Secretary, she looks forward to putting her unique lens and skills in policy, planning, and strategy to work. She believes that access and freedom in healthcare is of critical importance, and that innovation and perseverance are the keys to realizing that goal.
Michelle treasures spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. In her rare downtime, she's enjoys listening to live music, driving, reading, exercising, flying, skydiving and traveling... especially to the beach.
Dr. Cynthia C. Brinson
Dr. Cynthia C. Brinson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her medical doctorate
at Texas Tech University, Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. She completed her Family Practice residency at Brackenridge Hospital in 1993, serving as the Chief Resident her final year. In addition to being a private physician at Red River Family Practice, Dr. Brinson has been the Medical Director of Central Texas Clinical Research, LLC for more than 15 years. She has overseen more than one hundred HIV/AIDS related clinical trials and research studies, as well as another fifty studies within a variety of other health concerns. Dr. Brinson has been both a tireless attendee and featured presenter in the world’s most highly regarded conferences on HIV/AIDS, and has been published in numerous esteemed scientific journals.
In 2013, Dr. Brinson was awarded the Byron E. Cox Spirit of Caring Award for her “courageous and faithful commitment to no one facing serious illness alone" and has been named one of the “Best Doctors” in Austin six times. She is the Travis County Correctional Facility’s HIV and Chronic Care Physician and an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate at the University of Texas School of Nursing. Astoundingly, she still finds time in her life to donate her unparalleled HIV/AIDS expertise to our clients here at Texas Health Action/The Kind Clinic and is the generous provider of the clinical space we need to see our patients.
Chad Denman, DDS
From an early age, Chad Denman has known he was on this planet to help others. He has devoted his life to molding our youth, volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scout Camps, YMCA, and Habitat for Humanity.
Chad achieved numerous life achievements including Eagle Scout, traveling as a professional trumpet player around the world, expert-level trainer, doctor in dentistry and life coach for local Austinites. Chad has managed, owned and ran five multi-million-dollar dental offices, all with the latest possible technology in the field and encompassing all specialties.
Dr. Chad Denman attended Florida State University for an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and then Marquette University for dental school. He moved to Austin in 2006 after falling in love with the city during a trip the previous year. His time as a dentist in Austin has allowed him to master multiple areas of dentistry, including treatment for sleep apnea using oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP, pediatrics, implant placements, Invisalign, esthetics, surgical procedures, extractions, root canals, crown and bridge placement, porcelain crowns and veneers, teeth whitening, conscious sedation, partials and dentures, and general patient care. Dr. Denman thoroughly enjoys interacting with his patients and developing strong, caring relationships. He’s a firm believer in his work here in Austin and helped found the first non-profit gay fraternity, whose goal is to raise funds for many various non-profits each month. He continues to dedicate his adult life to helping raise funds for people who are medically suffering or terminally ill, currently focusing his attention to education and prevention of HIV and STIs.
Chad has held several board seats over the years for Texas Health Action and continues to be very active in our mission of sexual health and wellness for all.
Mark Erwin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and then worked in technology as a consultant before trying his hand at entrepreneurship.
Having not become a billionaire, he joined Travis County to direct information systems for the Criminal Court system, which is where he happily works now.
Mark enjoys pushing the envelope of government information systems capabilities and works to promote court technology through the National Institute of Justice Court Advisory Panel in Washington D.C. and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Systems and Technology Committee. Mark was recognized by the e.Republic Center of Digital Government with the “Best of Texas in Analytics and Business Intelligence” in 2015, and by the Texas Association of Counties for Best Practices in 2016. He also co-authored a Maturity Model for Technology in Indigent Defense that is currently being used to guide jurisdictions across the United States.
Community is important to Mark, and he believes in a world where people give back through service. Because of his passion for giving back, he has served on the Board of Directors for Equality Texas and AIDS Services of Austin. Mark has also served as Chair of the local Gay Pride Festival, enjoys planning fundraisers and parties through the Octopus Club, and sat on the local HIV Planning Council, which distributes federal Ryan White funds.
Because of this work, Mark was included in the Austin American Statesman's “Fortunate 500,” and recognized in the Austin Chronicle's “Best of Austin” for his non-profit work. Mark serves on the Executive Committee of the local Fast Track Cities – “Getting to Zero HIV Infections” initiative in Austin. While these are all notable achievements, his proudest non-profit accomplishment to date has been serving as the founding board chair of Texas Health Action, whose primary program, the Kind Clinic, has quickly become a recognizable brand for enhancing sexual health in Austin and currently serves thousands of patients in Central Texas.
When not causing trouble, Mark can be found taking care of his Corgi, Bart, walking around Lady Bird Lake with his boyfriend Fernando, cooking and drinking wine with friends and singing in his car.
Nikelle S. Meade is an attorney with the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP in Austin, Texas. Ms. Meade’s practice is focused on representation of clients before state and local governmental agencies on real estate development, procurement, and economic development matters.
Her work includes zoning, permitting, land use planning, incentive agreements, development application processing, business development, governmental relations, and government contracts. She also has vast experience in commercial transactions including purchases and sales, leases, public finance, and general contracts.
During prior legal appointments, she served as Judicial Intern for Justice Jack Hightower of the Supreme Court of Texas, as a Legislative Intern for State Representative Dawnna M. Dukes, as an Associate Attorney with Minter Joseph & Thornhill, P.C., and as a Partner at Brown McCarroll L.L.P. Ms. Meade’s professional affiliations include the American Bar Association State and Local Government Section and Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Austin Bar Association, the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the Real Estate Council of Austin, and CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). She formerly served as Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe’s appointee to the Federally Qualified Health Centers Board of Directors, and has served since 2007 as the Travis County Commissioners Court’s appointee to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Board. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Mobility Authority Board of Directors.
Ms. Meade’s recognitions include:
- The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, 2018, 2019
- Austin Black Business Journal Top 10 Central Texas Lawyers, 2019
- The National Business Journals’ Top 100 Influencers in Law, 2018
- Texas Super Lawyers, Land Use Zoning/Legal & Government Affairs – 2017, 2018, 2019
- Travis County Recognition of Service Award, 2018
- Kappa Alpha Psi Outstanding Community Leader Award, 2013
- Austin Business Journal, Top 20 People to Know, 2012
- Austin Business Journal, Profiles in Power Award, 2007, 2009
- Austin Under 40, winner; Frost Bank Legal, 2008
- Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, 2013-present
- Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2004, 2005, 2006
Ms. Meade’s community involvement includes:
- AARO (Austin Area Research Organization), Member
- Ballet Austin, Board of Directors
- Downtown Austin Alliance, Board of Directors
- HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), Board of Directors
- Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Board of Directors
Ms. Meade received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law
Douglas Plummer has a BA in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard University. He worked as a management consultant for ten years, providing strategy and operations consulting services with Renaissance Solutions, and later at Ernst and Young's Strategic Advisory Services Group.
In 2006, Douglas co-founded the Midtown Title Company with Ed Ishmael and remains its Managing Director.
Douglas is an active member in his community, serving on the Executive Committee for the North University Neighborhood Association, as Co-Chair of Sparky Park and the leadership team for the Rice University Austin Alumni Association. He has served on the Boards of Equality Texas, The Long Center, The Austin Tennis Club, and Harvard Business School Alumni (Austin Chapter).